(Updated) WIAA boys tennis: Seven area players punch tickets to State

(Updated) WIAA boys tennis: Seven area players punch tickets to State

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(Updated) WIAA boys tennis: Seven area players punch tickets to State

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Seven area boys tennis players advanced to the WIAA Boys Tennis State Tournament with their finishes at sectionals on Thursday.

In Division 1, Manitowoc Lincoln’s David Wronkowski and Parker Wood (8-2) qualified for State by placing fourth in their bracket.

The duo opened the day with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Sam Moeller and David Brooker of Appleton North. That win assured Wronkowski and Wood a spot at State.

Lincoln’s tandem then dropped a 6-2, 7-5 match to Aaron Kubiak and Alan Desai of Neenah before falling to De Pere’s Bennett Herson-Roeser and Jake Neuville in the third-place match in three sets.

This marks the third time Wronkowski has advanced to State in double and he has been paired with a different partner for each trip. The Lincoln senior qualified in 2011 with Tommy Arnette and made it to Madison last year with partner Michael Olson.

Wood will be making his first appearance at the tournament.

Roncalli’s Brett Giesen (No. 1 singles) took second, while teammate Zach LeVene (No. 2 singles) placed first at their Division 2 sectional meet in Kohler.

Giesen (20-2) breezed through his first two matches, taking both without dropping game. He ended the day with a 6-1, 6-1 loss at the hands of West De Pere’s Jake Dykema.

LeVene (21-1) won his first match in straight sets before upending top-seeded Harry Dykema of West De Pere 6-3, 6-2 in the first-place match.

Giesen placed sixth in Division 2 singles at State a year ago, while LeVene is making his first trip.

Brady and Hayden Boettcher (15-5) also moved on with a third place finish at No. 1 doubles.

The pair won their opening match over Appleton Xavier’s Tyler Lifke and Kieran Wallace 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 before falling in straight sets in the second round. They bounced back witha 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3 win over Lucas Mancheski and Phil Grygleski in the third-place match.

Two Rivers’ Brice Ruedinger (15-3) also advanced to Madison for the first time in his career with a third place showing at No. 1 singles.

Ruedinger picked up a win in straight sets in the opening round before falling to Jack Dykema in the second round 6-0, 6-0. Ruedinger went on to top Luke Utrie of Appleton Xavier 6-2, 6-1 to secure third.

The Raiders’ Gavin Koch (13-2) placed second at No. 4 singles, while Kyle Phillips and Kory Schrimpf (10-2) took fourth at No. 3 doubles, but did not advance.

The state tournament, which is held at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, begins June 5 and runs through June 7.

While these seven players automatically qualified for the tournament. the list of special qualifiers will be announced at a later date.

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